Telco Systems releases wireless Ethernet residential gateway

APRIL 27, 2009 -- The access and demarcation technology supplier offers a single-box product to deliver triple-play services without in-home wiring.

APRIL 27, 2009 -- Telco Systems (search Lightwave for Telco Systems), a BATM company, has expanded its FTTH offerings with the EdgeGate 242W, an indoor wireless-enabled active Ethernet residential gateway, and an enhanced EdgeGate 483 outdoor CPE gateway with dual 1-Gbit uplinks.

According to Telco Systems, The EdgeGate 242W offers service providers the ability to deliver full triple-play services while solving the homeowners' problem of in-home wiring by using wireless home networking. As a single-box offering, the EdgeGate 242W also offers enhanced TV options with support for both IPTV and RF video, advanced routing capabilities, and enhanced telephony features such as three-way calling, call forward and hold, distinctive ring, and T.38 support for fax over IP.

A built-in bridge and router enable customers to connect their home network either through one of four 10/100Base-T LAN ports or the wireless 802.11b/g access point. Analog phone sets can be connected to one of two FXS POTS ports to provide VoIP using SIP signaling protocol. The EdgeGate 242W supports up to 100 Mbps downstream and 100 Mbps upstream over bidirectional fixed fiber ports.

Designed for indoor installations, the product's fiber-optics cable management module can be installed prior to activation of the service, and active components can be connected when service is signed. Service activation is completed by the end user with no need to send a technician to the customer's house, says the company.

The EdgeGate 483D is an enhancement to the existing outdoor EdgeGate 483 family that adds dual 1-Gbit fiber uplinks to support ring and chain topologies of multiple units. The EdgeGate 483D offers eight Ethernet ports to support both data and video services for computers and TVs, and two analog voice ports, which can connect to two separate telephone lines that are converted to VoIP. This model has a design that futureproofs the user's access connection by supporting either 100-Mbps or 1-Gbps dual uplinks in the same product, thus allowing the service provider to start deployment with 100M network and upgrade to 1G without replacing the CPE. The outdoor design provides separate technician access areas from subscriber access areas as well as enhanced cable management.

As point-to-point (P2P) active Ethernet CPE gateways, both products enable providers to offer dedicated bandwidth based on the subscriber's individual requirements and offer differential services for residential and business customers in the same area. Active Ethernet also supports a pay-as-you-grow philosophy by allowing new subscribers to be added within a 100-km service area at minimal cost.

"We are pleased to offer a complete solution that can be implemented into a customer's current network easily, provides higher bandwidth, and opens the door for a wider array of services," says Irit Gillath, vice president of product line management at Telco Systems. "We are already seeing deployment of the EdgeGate 242W in Europe and many U.S. customers who deploy the current EdgeGate 483 are eager to implement resiliency with the new dual uplink option."

Both new EdgeGate products will be available within 60 days.

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